Staff

Mark Schmechel, Lead Pastor

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About Mark:

Married to my incredible wife Becky for 17 years. Proud Dad to Sami, Emily, and Luke. After being a follower of Jesus for many years, I still can’t wrap my head around God’s love, grace, and how much people matter to Him! Grateful to be a part of an awesome church like Journey.

 

Fun Facts about Mark:

Favorite book or movie:
Growing up, I’d say it was the Rocky movies…especially Rocky 3 or 4. More recently, I’ve been a fan of the new faith based films that have been released from Pure Flix, such as “God’s Not Dead.” I think it’s a refreshing light in the dark entertainment world we live in.

What do you do in your spare time?
Mostly spend time with my family, read books, go for walks, maybe catch a good basketball game on tv. Learning to unplug from technology so I can engage more fully.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
I enjoy going to the Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, CO to go hiking. There’s nothing like the views, the exercise, and the fresh mountain air. I only have two problems: 1). Getting there more often. 2). Doing the peak climbs like I used to!

What is your favorite quote?
“Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” -St. Augustine

What have you always wanted to do that you haven’t done yet?
Surfing, going on a cruise to Alaska, travel to Israel, sit court side at a Milwaukee Bucks game or NCAA Final Four game.

 

Chaz Pelky, Associate Pastor of Discipleship

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About Chaz:

My name is Charles Pelky, and I go by Chaz. I have been married to my wife, Kimberly, for six years. We have two children (Steven-3, Eliana-1). Kimberly and I have attended Journey for six years. Right away, we were involved in growth groups, worship team, and Orange Family Ministry. Just over two years ago, I enrolled in a Master’s Degree in Ministry Program from the Antioch School of Church Planning and Leadership Development with graduation expected in 2017. In January, 2015, I was licensed as a Pastor at Journey. Before being a pastor, for thirteen years I served in leadership positions mainly in the not-for-profit sector. My wife was a missionary to Bolivia and is now a high school ELL/Bilingual Social Studies teacher.

Fun Facts about Chaz:

Favorite book or movie?
Hoosiers

What do you do in your spare time?
Play with my kids, spend time with my wife, and watch sports.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
Because of a sports injury, I have inconsistent feeling in two fingers in my right hand. If you´re with me carrying something up or down stairs, make sure I am on the bottom! 

What is your favorite quote?
Romans 12:10 (ESV) Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

What have you always wanted to do that you haven’t done yet?
Go to Spring Training in Arizona.

 

Allison Younkle, Children’s Director

About Allison:

I am enjoying life with my husband Nathan Younkle and my children Ella and Bennett, which I also have the joy of homeschooling. I have always had a passion to work with children of all abilities. I attended NWTC where I received my Associate’s degree in both Early Childhood and Paraprofessional (Special Education assistant). I have worked in the day care setting, public school setting and in my home as a teacher to my own children while I ran an in-home day care. Over the years I have loved watching children grow and learn at all ages and with differing abilities. I find it so rewarding to be a part of a child’s growth, especially in the church setting.

Fun Facts about Allison:

Favorite book or movie?
I am a huge fan of the television series When Calls the Heart and Heartland.

What do you do in your spare time?
Spend time with my family and relax.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
I was a sprinter in High School where I held two school records with two relay teams.

What is your favorite quote?
Psalm 143:10 “Teach me to do what you want, because you are my God. May your Good Spirit lead me on a level path.”

What have you always wanted to do that you haven’t done yet?

Nathan and I have talked numerous times about going on a missions trip to another part of the word with my family.

 

Lisa Vandenberg, Administrative Assistant

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About Lisa:

Hi my name is Lisa Vandenberg, I have been married to my husband Marty for 12 years. We have 2 beautiful girls Ella and Hannah, and of course our family pets Oscar our cat and Ginger our dog. We have been making Journey our home for just about three years now. I love serving and have served in many areas. It gives me such gratitude to belong to a church family who loves and grows together in Christ. I am so unbelievably grateful for Gods amazing Grace and that His mercy’s are new everyday!

Fun Facts about Lisa:

Favorite book or movie?
I don’t get a lot of time to read but when I do I like to read a good autobiography. right now I am reading “I need you now” by Plumb (great read)!! First movie that came to mind was Steal Magnolia.

What do you do in your spare time?
I love spending time with my family. Love a good find at an estates/Rummage sale. Love to repurpose old things, and I love to garden.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
I HATE BAT and WOOD TICKS!!!!!!!!!!!! 

What is your favorite quote?
Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

What have you always wanted to do that you haven’t done yet?
Something I have always wanted to do and haven’t done it yet…..I would have to say learn to play piano and sing.

 

Michelle List, Bookkeeper

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About Michelle:

I have been married to my husband, Tyler, for 10 years and have 3 children- Brandon, Kaylee & Caden. Our family has been a part of Journey Community Church for about 7 years now. Other areas of ministry I am involved in are the counting tithes and offering team and the worship team where I play keyboard. I also host a women’s bible study. Although I am still primarily a homeschooling stay-at-home mom, I am excited and honored to serve God and my church family through this position.

Fun Facts about Michelle:

Favorite book or movie:
My favorite fictional book series is the Restoration series by Terri Blackstock. My favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice.

What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy reading, fishing, playing the piano and spending time with my family.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
When I was in kindergarten, my bus driver forgot to drop me off after school. When we got to my house the bus driver just drove right on past and never stopped to let me off. As a shy and quiet 5 year old I was too scared to say anything so I just remained sitting in my seat. As they were nearing the end of the route the driver asked the last child on the bus to walk through the aisle to check for any forgotten possessions and was surprised to find me still quietly sitting in my seat waiting to go home!

What is your favorite quote?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6

What have you always wanted to do that you haven’t done yet?
I would like to visit all 50 states and learn to play the guitar.